Dog Day at the Schmidt

 The Schmidt is going to the dogs!

Blue Afghan Hound sculpture by DeDe LaRue

The Schmidt is hosting Dog Day from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, in connection with the exhibit Dog Days of Summer (June 2 – July 29) which features 26 sculptures of dogs from the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog and encaustic paintings of trees by Raymond Yeager of Jacksonville, Illinois.

In past years we have held a Family Fun Day with indoor and outdoor hands-on art activities in connection with the summer exhibit.  Because of the theme of this exhibit, we have invited the Gateway Pet Guardians, a non-profit organization that takes care of stray dogs in East St. Louis, to join us in presenting outdoor activities as a fundraiser for both the GPG and the Schmidt’s children’s programming.

Planned outdoor activities include:

  • Dog walk on the Amlung Nature Trail
  • Dog agility course with stations at each of the outdoor sculptures around the Schmidt
  • Vendor tables offered to pet-related businesses including vets, groomers, kennels, etc.
  • Doggie and people ice cream
  • Hot dogs and soda
  • Musical entertainment
  • Dog-related art activities
  • Demonstrations
  • Pet supplies donation drive for stray rescue

Adoptable dogs from Gateway Pet Guardians will be in attendance to help us celebrate as they look for their “forever homes.”

For an additional fee, people can enter their dogs in a talent show or have its portrait drawn.


Saturday, June 18, 9:30am – 1pm

$10/adult, $5/dog, children 12 and under free. Owners & visitors can purchase an entrance wristband (good for admission and 2 food tickets) at registration booth.

Visitors with dogs must sign a release indicating they will keep their dogs on a leash and the animal is up-to-date on all shots.

Activities will be located in and around the Art Center

Come out to the Schmidt with your pooch and have some fun!

For questions or more information, please contact or call 618.222.5278.


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